Press Release

Establishment of Commission of Investigation into the management, operation and supervision of Leas Cross Nursing Home

The Minister for Health and Children, Mary Harney TD, announced today (24 April 2007) that the Government has decided to establish a Commission of Investigation under the Commissions of Investigation Act 2004 to examine matters relating to the management, operation and supervision of Leas Cross Nursing Home, which closed in 2005.

The Minister said she was conscious of the gravity of the issues raised by previous reviews into Leas Cross Nursing Home and the public concern following these reviews. The Commission will examine the role and responses of relevant parties into the management, operation and supervision of the home. It will also examine complaints made by or on behalf of residents or former residents of the home and the transfer of residents from medical and residential care facilities to the home.

The Commission will be chaired by Mr. Derry O’Donovan, Senior Counsel, and will report to the Minister within 12 months from when it commences its work.

The Terms of Reference of the Commission of Investigation shall be as follows:-

•To examine the role and responses of such relevant parties as the Commission may determine, including the Health Service Executive (and previously the relevant health boards) in relation to
◦the establishment, ownership, operation, management, staffing and/or supervision of Leas Cross Nursing Home (hereinafter “the nursing home”);
◦complaints made by or in respect of residents or former residents of the nursing home; and
◦the transfer of residents from medical and residential care facilities to the nursing home.

•To provide to the Minister for Health and Children an interim report on the matters examined by the Commission within 6 months and a final report within 12 months of commencement of the work of the Commission.